Sooklal 'paid' to oust Nyoka

2012-02-08 12:43

Johannesburg - A Cricket South Africa official claims he was sent around the country to lobby provincial cricket bosses to oust CSA president and anti-corruption crusader Mtutuzeli Nyoka, a report said on Wednesday.

The claim by Ajay Sooklal, chair of CSA's legal committee, comes after the embattled organisation's board accused him of wrongfully billing CSA for more than R600 000 in expenses for work it said should have been done in his capacity as a board member.

Sooklal told The New Age newspaper he had incurred the expenses as part of a nationwide campaign to lobby provincial affiliates to oust then-president Nyoka, and that the payments had been authorised by Nyoka's arch-rival, chief executive Gerald Majola.

"I was tasked with going around the country with (board member) Ray Mali and persuading the 11 affiliates to vote out Nyoka," said Sooklal.

CSA's board fired Nyoka last year for insisting the organisation take action on what he alleged were corrupt bonus payments to Majola and other staff.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in November launched a commission of inquiry into the allegations.

The commission, headed by judge Chris Nicholson, has been hearing testimony from cricket officials and is expected to deliver its report soon.

Sooklal said CSA's board was grilling him on his expense claims to punish him for making damning submissions to the Nicholson inquiry.

"This is part of the dirty campaign to malign my name for what I said at the cricket hearing. This is ludicrous," he told The New Age.

Majola meanwhile accused Sooklal of waging a smear campaign.

"This has nothing to do with me. It is a matter between the CSA board and Ajay Sooklal. My name is deliberately being dragged in so that people can get tired of me and force me out," he told The New Age.

He said he had signed off on Sooklal's expenses as a routine administrative matter.

An independent audit by accounting firm KPMG said Majola had secretly received four bonuses totalling more than four million rand for the 2009 season and broken South African corporate law on four occasions.

The feud between Majola and Nyoka, one-time friends and former teammates, has tarnished CSA's image and seen it struggle to find sponsors.


  • Winifred - 2012-02-08 13:21

    Time for the Sponsors to say NO MORE SPONSORSHIP until cricket puts their house in order. meaning that the whole cricket board resign. Let the Sponsors elect the board together with trusted auditors. After all without the sponsors money who would want to serve on the cricket board anyhow. The board members should be there only for the love of the game, yes, pay them a fee for their work but goodness 'MILLIONS as a BONUS ??????? this takes the cake. This money is being pilfered from the up and coming cricket players. Just now our poor cricketers will use a plastic bat made in china they way these officials are stealing the money. What about using that money to the GOOD of CRICKET. If u are not a DEDICATED board MEMBER then go and fly a kite.

      Anthony - 2012-02-08 13:45

      100% correct---fire the lot of them--i can think of many great retired cricketers who would make an excelent CSA--all honest ,with principles AND they player cricket

      Tabile - 2012-02-09 12:33

      That should also apply to rugby, NO MORE SPONSORSHIP until rugby is transformed!

  • aniel.soma - 2012-02-08 13:22

    It is said that "there is no hoinour amounsgst thiefs". Where is this board members fiduciary duty? and why is he only disclosing this now?

  • cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-02-08 13:24

    CSA is a complete joke. Do they run Joburg billing by any chance? All this rubbish going on is making cricket just not worth getting into. Our family went to at least 8 rugby games at Ellis park and Loftus last year but NOT ONE cricket match. Why? Because CSA don't deserve my hard earned cash!! Sad for ther players but too bad.

  • Halvor - 2012-02-08 13:33

    Gerald Majola: "so that people can get tired of me"!!!!!! Boy, have you not been paying attention, GM! Go now, with whatever residual dignity it (might) afford you.

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-02-08 13:35

    "My name is deliberately being dragged in so that people can get tired of me and force me out," well, if that is a way to get rid of the little crook, so be it!

      Anthony - 2012-02-08 13:47

      go gerald go --the whole country wants u to go go go go go-

  • Deon - 2012-02-08 13:55

    You should resign when you are routinely "skelm".

  • colin.dovey - 2012-02-08 14:44

    This same scenario is being played out in just about every corner of SA - Leonard Chuene of Athletics SA was almost a carbon copy. At that time Nedbank withdrew its sponsorship. Now Cricket SA. Can't wait for Judge Nicholson's findings.

      Clive - 2012-02-08 19:47

      don't hold your breath

  • lhenama - 2012-02-08 14:48

    As much as I don't want to admit it greed by our black fellows ruin even the most beautiful unity in anything. Because for such a long time our cricket team has been our pride for quite a long time & now when the management itself is not getting its house in order how can the players be motivated to deliver any good. Its just an embarrassment all together. Cricket is just a beautiful game but now its being ruined by greed.

  • Matthew - 2012-02-08 15:34

    Get Rid of the lot and lets get a new board including Majola and co

      Irene - 2012-02-09 13:47

      Matthew, not just the board, all the staff as well. Absolutely useless!

  • Sulaiman - 2012-02-09 09:29

    Just think how our cricket Youth structures could of benefit from these monies. I say fire them all.

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